How to make paper chains

How to make paper chains

Paper chains hanging in a shop.
Paper chains are even easier to make than bunting and are perfect for brightening up any Big Lunch or seasonal event.

Did you know that the world’s longest paper chain was made by 60 people in 24 hours at Paul D Camp Community College in Virginia, USA? The chain, made between 4–5 June in 2005, was an amazing 87.44 km (54.33 miles) long!

All you need to make yours is old newspapers, magazines or coloured card, some scissors and a stapler.

Strips of old fabric or even holey plastic bags also are great for creating a quirky version of the paper chain — be inventive and use what you can find. Don't worry — it doesn't have to be over 50 miles long....

​Cut your strips

Cut strips about nine inches by one inch and staple your first one together to form a ring.

​Get threading

Thread the next strip through this and staple to form a ring around it.

Make a chain

Continue this way until you have a long paper chain to hang as a decoration.

Why not get together with your neighbours to see who can make the longest paper chain? Each of you could write something inside your own chain – such as a poem, fact about yourself or a wish – and hang it up on your street.